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Orchid-Master In Our Midst

On entering their home, one is overwhelmed with a sweet fragrance that no air freshener can imitate: the sweet breath exhaled by different orchid species, expertly grown by our local orchid master, Dr Sarel Spies. Locally (Tzaneen and Duiwelskloof) he is well-known as medical doctor, but here and much wider for his involvement in and passion for, orchids. The love-story's time line goes as follows:
 

Bird guide supreme on our doorstep

Bobbi Gerber interviews David Letsoaolo in his 'office': the forest at Kurisa Moya, nature lodge, Houtboschdorp
 
He loved nature from the start, whispers David Letsoalo, as we sit in the bird hide, waiting for our feathered friends to show up for dinner strewn out on a damp, leafy forest floor. He tells me more about his beginnings as we watch the chorister robin chat, the forest canary, three lemon doves and the forest fire finch descend on the feeding ground.
 

Extreme Sports - Tzaneen Area

As with inhabitants of most other towns, Tzaneen's have the opportunity and privilege to participate in a personally preferred sport. Among such are tennis, squash, bowling, rugby, cycling, mountain biking, running clubs – to name a few.
 
However, not all towns have the surroundings Tzaneen has, lending themselves ideally to the practising – and enjoyment – of extreme sports. If the humdrum 'normal' sports start boring you, here are a few more options for the brave-hearts.
 
Georges Valley Gorge Kloofing
 

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A Hearty Hoedspruit Welcome!

Hoedspruit is a town situated at the foot of the Klein Drakensberg mountain range, in the centre of the Lowveld, in the Limpopo province of South Africa. The town borders on the Kruger National park and is located in an area known as the 'Valley of the Olifants'. Hoedspruit, still a small and comparatively unspoilt tourism and agriculturally orientated town, has grown to be a significant tourism centre.
 
A great tourism destination
 

Bountiful birdlife here!

Bird-lovers are bonkers about Tzaneen area!
 
Swartbos Forest
 
Park in the grounds of Sandford Heights Nursery. Ask the owners for directions to the trail, which offers access to the forest, with its favoured inhabitants.
 
Woodbush Forest and Drive
 
This 14km dirt road is the best forest birding area in the Limpopo Province, if not the country. A high-clearance vehicle recommended and 4-wheel drive needed in wet weather.
 
More exciting sightings
 

Avid Avo Farmers in Tzaneen area

One of the prime products from the fruitful earth of the Valley of the Olifants (Tzaneen area) is the avocado. The oil content is between 5% and 30% of the fresh pulp weight and makes it an important source of energy, while its minerals and proteins contribute to making avocados a nutritious food source. Other fruits contain little of none of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K it contains.
 
The largest avocado farms in the Tzaneen area are Allesbeste, Westfalia and ZZ2.
 
Allesbeste
 

Places to visit in Polokwane

Peter Mokaba Stadium. This is one of the five stadiums that needed to be constructed for the 2010 FIFA World Cup (as opposed to the other five that were existing, but needed renovations and upgrades).
 
It was named after an anti-apartheid activist, who was also leader of the ANC youth league and is infamous for his slogan of “Kill the Boer, kill the farmer.” He was born in Polokwane.
 

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